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Franita Tolson
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Franita Tolson is the Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights at Florida State University College of Law. Professor Tolson’s scholarship and teaching focus on the areas of election law, constitutional law, legal history and employment discrimination. Recently, she has written on the federalism implications of partisan gerrymandering and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Her research has been published in leading law reviews, and she has written or appeared as a commentator for various mass media outlets.

Prior to joining the Florida State Law faculty, Professor Tolson was a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University School of Law. Before entering academia, she clerked for the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Ruben Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Tolson is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas Mulroy Prize for Oral Advocacy in the Hinton Moot Court Competition.

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Shelby County One Year Later: Good for Voting Rights?

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:28 AM

In 1965, Congress developed a creative and innovative regulatory scheme to address persistent racial discrimination in voting: require the offending jurisdictions, most of which were in the deep south, to preclear any changes to their voting laws with the federal government before those changes could go into effect. These provisions,...

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What About the Voters? Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote in Federal Elections

(9) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 7:10 PM

Last week, in Kobach v. Election Assistance Commission, a United States federal district court held that the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) could not prevent Kansas and Arizona from requesting documentary evidence of citizenship as a prerequisite to registering to vote in federal elections. Last year, the U.S. Supreme...

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The Importance of Tunnel Vision in Fixing the VRA's Coverage Formula

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:22 PM

On January 16, 2014, one day after what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday, Representatives John Conyers and Jim Sensenbrenner introduced "The Voting Rights Act Amendment Act of 2014," designed to strengthen and repair the iconic statute. Last summer, in Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S....

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